Experience a River Cruise
Over the past 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying several ocean cruises. Each was special in its own way. But, I decided it was time to test the waters on a river cruise. After studying the offerings from a handful of lines, I chose AmaWaterways River Cruise. They even sweetened the pot by offering a themed itinerary called In Celebration of Wine, which was right up my alley. This is the perfect cruise for a wine enthusiast.
On an AmaWaterways River Cruise, be prepared for an authentic vacation experience. The complimentary shore excursions allow you to enjoy the region’s top activities or attractions, without any real effort on your part. Since all of the planning and arrangements have been taken care of for you, you just need to be ready at the allotted time. And don’t worry, with the ship size limited to 175 people tops, you aren’t going to be herded like cattle. These are small-group tours with a sense of intimacy. On our trip along the Rhone, we developed friendships with a group of people and we ended up taking all of our tours together.
As you sail along, you will be captured by the unbridled views of castles, quaint villages; while given front-of-the-line access to famous landmarks and museums, as well as hidden gems. As you cruise along the river, you’re able to soak in so much of the country and its history. This experience is simply not possible on an ocean liner cruise.
What is the perfect compliment to wine? Food of course. The AmaWaterways River Cruise line has been inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations. When you sit down at the table for dinner, you immediately feel as though you are at a 5-star restaurant. The staff remember your dining preferences and are attentive without being annoying.
I’ve met several people, including our good friend Kim Vickers who are afraid to take a cruise. But I’m certain that all of their fears would dissipate if they’d give river cruising a chance. The rivers of Europe were the original “highways” used for transporting goods and services. If you aren’t afraid to drive on the San Diego Freeway or the Pennsylvania Turnpike, then you can certainly take a river cruise.
What’s wrong? Are you terrified to have one day without Internet? Don’t worry because complimentary WiFi is available in your stateroom as well as ship wide. Are you fighting the battle of the bulge? They’ve already thought about that too. On board every AmaWaterways’ ship, there’s an albeit, small fitness center with a treadmill, Bosa ball, light weights and a mirror to check your progress. Plus, being so close to own, you can simply slip off the ship and head into town on foot.
Many of the ships also have bicycles, free of charge that you can use to tootle around town. So no more excuses.
AmaWaterways won the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2013. Book a river cruise and see for yourself.Tags: AmaWaterways, Cruises, River Cruises, Wine Cruise, wine enthusiasts